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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Free Snails!

These pictures were actually taken during the evening of the same day the second Trapdoor snail was added.

Either they work REALLY fast! Or a more believable explanation would suggest the new snail was already carrying a couple of young!

Trapdoors are actual live bearing snails and i believe keep their young inside their own shell until they are old enough to be released by the mother snail. How they do this exactly i am yet to research, and it’s also worth noting (despite the fact that i made the “mother” association) that any Trapdoor can be fertilised or fertilise.

I caught a few (poor quality admitting) pictures of the new arrivals after watching “mum” crawl along the glass…

Baby one is near the bottom of the shot in the centre, they can really shift when they are this tiny too!

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The other one was scurrying along the edge of the sand bed…

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Since seeing them the first time, i didn't catch a glimpse the second day, possibly assuming they had been eaten or made their way into a corner or the filter, but did see one a couple of days later, albeit very close to the large “mother” snail again, could be another from the brood maybe?

Thankfully i have also found out the Trapdoors are not the prolific reproducers in the same right as their cousins such as the ramshorn and common pond snails, hopefully they will either be very slow, or at least regulate their own numbers.

And as long as their is an abundance of food for them, they should have no need to touch the living plants.

The last two days have been a bit of a banquet, yesterday a cube of Tubifex worms along with the usual Bloodworms and a couple pinches of pellets throughout the day, followed by some Daphnia, Bloodworms and a square of Nori seaweed today.

All fish new and old happily chowing down on everything to offer, should be plenty of matter for the snails to sift out during the wee hours of the morning.

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